Good sportsmanship encompasses many aspects of a man’s character. The story of Ferdinando Acerbi, a former student of MA.DEE, has an inspiring story on the perseverance of the human spirit. A former professional sportsman that encountered a physical accident, he started a tech-venture that now helps people with disabilities.
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We know that you were a professional athlete. How did you cross over to the digital world?
I’ve always gravitated around the sports world and I have made a living by teaching sports. In 2008, I suffered a serious accident that prevented my ability to move, so I had to have an operation fairly quickly. So I was faced with a number of difficulties in my life that did not exist before: the management, administration, and logistics around my disability. The choices to be made, as in any similar situation, were two: let go or accept my new direction in life. I chose the second path, with a strong approach to using digital tools. The digital world is proactive in nature, and so the transition to this world has been fun and challenging.
How did you get involved with the organization and MasterLab?
Initially, I had studied and thought of H-enable. Then I discovered the Digital Accademy and found that after only one week, I could begin the MasterLab that allows you to figure out how to launch your start up. After the interview to become part of the program, I realized that H-FARM & Digital Accademy was the missing link in my project, that could also help the business aspects to my venture.
Can you give us a background on how you attended the Digital Accademy?
When I arrived at the Digital Accademy, I presented my idea as a business card. I have received many tips and managed to set up “box full of ideas” of what I wanted to achieve and, after attending the MA.DEE, I managed to do so more concretely. So, it’s not more like my dream, but as a product with a team behind it, ready for market. The Master program has given me so much, and slowly my troubles started flattening. Then after much hard work, I received financing by H-FARM Ventures. I am lucky because I work with very competent people who day after day work with me to make a product ready for market.
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